The late writer never shied away from hard topics, breaking down walls of silence around topics like disability and rurality in post-war Japan.
An uncompromising writer who wrote about the dark and light of postwar Japan
Ash Ketchum is retiring from the Pokémon franchise, but this doesn’t spell the end of Pikachu.
A break or moment of failure can be an opportunity to create something new and beautiful.
Shinto and Buddhist ideas about interconnectedness have deeply influenced Japan, shaping centuries-old rituals and stories whose impact continues today.
The pioneering Japanese designer leaves behind a legacy of innovative fashion design.
Issey Miyake’s clothing is both theatrical and practical. The Japanese designer has died aged 84.
The show is an accurate representation of how the yakuza see themselves and their culture.
Wellbeing is not just an individual thing, it plays out in relationships with people and animals and even plants and our environment.
Only 7% of rakugo artists are female, but Katsura Niyō just won one of Japan’s highest honours for emerging rakugo artists.
Japan has a very poor record on promoting gender equality – and it’s political system is no exception.
There have been eight women who ruled as empress, but Japanese culture has always prioritised maleness.
Eagerly anticipated every year, the sakura season in Japan is a time to appreciate change.
Seeking isolation can lead to creativity and a deeper understanding of oneself, as these artworks show.
Medieval Japanese poets and philosophers sought different ways of dealing with disasters and tragedies.
The tradition of performing in a mask, from china to France, shows how it can be just as evocative and entertaining.
A reliance on visual elements to create the world of performance in Japan traces back hundreds of years through kabuki dance-drama. Two new shows keep that tradition alive.
A new exhibition surveys the haunting Japanese traditions and beliefs that connect the supernatural with the everyday.
An increasing amount of the BBC’s content comes via collaborations with international production houses.
While male dancers in the US and Australia seek to combat bullying with #boysdancetoo, Japanese culture accepts and embraces male ballet dancing.